Written on: February 22, 2021

How To Keep Heating Oil From Freezing

Heating oil is one of best ways to heat your home or commercial space here in Connecticut and New York – it’s safe and efficient, and burning it produces more heat than any other fuel.

Another great characteristic of fuel oil is that it can be stored for later use, which means you can order heating oil when the price is right, or when it’s convenient for you. But one problem that could occur with heating oil is that it can freeze in frigid weather, causing problems for your heating system.

The good news is there are ways to prevent this from happening – but first, let’s take a look at why oil freezes.

Why Does Heating Oil Freeze?

When temperatures drop (starting at about 35 degrees), heating oil starts to become cloudy; at this point, your heating system will still function perfectly. Once the temperature drops below 20 degrees, however, the paraffin contained in heating oil begins to separate from the oil and crystallize; this process is sometimes referred to as “gelling.” Once gelled heating oil begins to circulate, it can enter and clog fuel lines, your heating system’s atomizing nozzle, and your filtration system, causing problems that will more than likely need professional attention to fix.

Preventing Oil Gelling

The best way to avoid a frozen fuel problem is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Here are four ways to do that.

For heating oil that will stand up to any weather, trust the pros at Westmore Fuel Co. Our crews are on the road all winter long in northern Westchester and southern Connecticut , delivering quality fuel oil at great prices. Contact us today to learn more, or to become a Westmore Fuel Co. customer.